The Nook HD Plus claims to last around 10 hours on battery life. From our own tests, we can confirm this to be true, with the tablet lasting a full day of intensive use surfing the net, watching videos, playing games or reading books.
With a little less rigorous activity, possibly if the Nook HD Plus was only being used for the daily commute, it can easily last a good few days on one charge.
However, there’s no auto brightness function, so you may want to adjust the settings to the lowest comfortable level unless absolutely necessary to conserve some battery power.
The Nook HD Plus uses a custom charger that is bulky and incompatible with any other Android device, which means you have lug an extra charger around instead of using a single one for your phone and tablet.
There’s a microSD card slot. It supports 16GB and 32GB cards, which is perfect if you want store a few films and some music in addition to your book collection.
We wouldn’t advise buying the Nook HD Plus. It’s too slow and the build quality is poor. The Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is a better option at this size and price, even if it lacks Google Play access in favour of Amazon’s own store.
If you’re willing to shell out £40 extra, we suggest you opt for the iPad mini over both these Android tablets – it’s still the best tablet in this size bracket.
If you must have Android and Google Play access, however, the Google Nexus 7 is the next best option. It’s not as large as the Nook HD Plus, but its 7-inch screen is very sharp and it’s arguably the best value Android tablet available right now, with the possible exception of the Asus Fonepad.
The Nook HD Plus has a fantastic screen for its price and greatly benefits from the addition of Google Play apps to bolster the limited selection provided by the Barnes & Noble store, too. However, its sluggish performance and poor build quality are too much to overlook.
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